Building Community Interest with Pinterest: Library Boards to Follow

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When you think of Pinterest, interior decorating ideas, vacation aspirations, and overly complicated recipes might come to mind. But a lot of libraries are using Pinterest to build up community interest with boards ranging from reader advisory to showcasing historical archives to promoting library events and programs.

TechSoup for Libraries recently did a webinar with Lauren Drittler of the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System. As the assistant director, Lauren has created 61 boards and has built up 1,600 followers to the library's Pinterest account. Watch the webinar here:

I thought I'd share a few other interesting and successful library Pinterest accounts to check out for your own library's Pinterest goals.

O'Fallon Public Library's The Librarian's List

Librarian's List

The O'Fallon Public Library is a Pinterest superstar with a whopping 72.4K followers and 74 boards, so it is definitely one to follow.

The Librarian's List is a collection of beloved books, quotes, and book lists created by librarians for librarians and reading enthusiasts. Any librarian can contribute to the board by contacting the O'Fallon Public Library (Illinois). I love this idea because it encourages participation from other libraries, which is a great way to get your feet wet in the library Pinterest world.

And while it isn't strictly about the O'Fallon Public Library and its activities, the Librarians' List board links back to the library's other boards, which include its Career Center, a board strictly about cats, and a dedicated Chronicles of Narnia board.

South San Francisco's Tech Boards

South San Francisco Tech Tips

Not to be overshadowed by its similarly named neighbor to the north, the suburb of South San Francisco is a hub for technology and biotechnology. The South San Francisco Public Library aptly has a Tech Tips and Tricks board with everything from Google search tips to Adobe Photoshop tutorials to using spreadsheets in order to manage work projects.

South San Francisco also has another great board called Tech Hacks that has secret tricks for iPhones, life hacks for your office, and tips for improving your Wi-Fi signal.

Calumet City Public Library's When Collection Development Goes Wrong

Collection Development Gone Wrong

Old Tractors and the Men Who Love Them.

Anybody Can Be Cool … But Awesome Takes Practice.

Reusing Old Graves.

These are just a few of the hilarious titles in the Calumet City (Illinois) Public Library's When Collection Development Goes Wrongboard. This is a great example of a collaborative board, with nine other accounts contributing to it (such as the Bessemer Public Library in Alabama and Long Island Reads). The book covers are almost as funny as the commentary from the librarians who pinned them.

New Orleans Public Library's Historical Boards

The city of New Orleans has an intriguing, multi-layered history and the New Orleans Public Library does an incredible job of representing it on Pinterest. The Louisiana Characters board has books and articles about famous personalities of NOLA, such asTrombone Shorty and Marie Laveau.

The Desktop Jazz Concert is a creative use of videos on Pinterest with live recordings of the Branford Marsalis Quartet and of Louis Armstrong. There are also a few GIFs of Marlon Brando in a Streetcar Named Desire. STELLAAAAAAAAA!

TechSoup is on Pinterest, too! Be sure to follow us and check out our Left My <3 at the Library board.  

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